Kyrgyz Women’s Leadership Development and NGO Capacity – Building is a two-year, multi-phase program. The project is designed to positively impact emerging professionals (community leaders, political leaders, educators, and youth workers), to strengthen grassroots organizations in the Republic of Kyrgyzstan, as well as the mutual understanding of the role of civil society in the U.S. and Kyrgyzstan.

Program Time: January 2010 through December 2011.

Delegates: 11 Kyrgyz women and 7 U.S. delegates comprise the initial exchange groups.  In Kyrgyzstan, the project is having a wide outreach, positively impacting the lives and capacity of women leaders of NGOs and Kyrgyz trainers, and additional community leaders and organizers.

Delegates contemplate the inter-faith issues involved in community development and healthcare at Center for Interfaith Action On Poverty (CIFA).

Project activities:

  • A professional development program in the United States for 11 Kyrgyz women, includes training and networking with peers in US organizations.
  • While in the U.S., delegates lived with an  American family, for a cross-cultural host family experience.
  • Follow-on projects are carried out by each alumna, each supported by $1,000 mini-grants from Legacy.
  • An outbound trip for 7 U.S. professionals working in fields similar to those of the Kyrgyz participants, during which organizational development consultations to NGOs will be offered.
  • Training forum for an additional 75 NGO leaders organized by Legacy and using U.S. and Kyrgyz trainers; and grassroots organizing training to be offered to local Kyrgyz women by the 12 alumni of the U.S. program.

Read U.S. participant testimonials from this successful program, those who travelled to Central Asia share their viewpoints of their experiences in Kyrgyzstan.

Read about the efforts of Kyrgyz participant, Zhumagul Bolponova, in her community in following article, “A Legacy of Ethnic Cooperation”